File:Hugh Walpole, 1934.jpg|thumb||upright=1|alt=profile head and shoulders of balding, clean-shaven middle-aged man in mid-20th century clothes|Walpole, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1934
'''Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole''', Commander of the Order of the British Empire|CBE
(13 March 18841 June 1941) was an English novelist. He was the son of an Anglican
clergyman, intended for a career in the church but drawn instead to writing. Among those who encouraged him were the authors Henry James
and Arnold Bennett
. His skill at scene-setting and vivid plots, as well as his high profile as a lecturer, brought him a large readership in the United Kingdom and North America. He was a best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s but has been largely neglected since his death.
After his debut novel|first novel
, ''The Wooden Horse'', in 1909, Walpole wrote prolifically, producing at least one book every year. He was a spontaneous story-teller, writing...